Thankfully, my frustration level has dropped since I last posted. It helps that I was side-tracked while preparing for a family BBQ we had planned during the holiday weekend. I was further distracted while I touched up the last few edits on my book and I was even more preoccupied as I ran through ideas regarding the cover I’d like to have for my book.What’s the big deal about a book cover?
It is a much tougher decision than you might think. As a new author, I won’t pretend to believe my name will stand out or cause a flurry of quick sales. I am a realist and there is no doubt that until an author becomes a household name, it must be accepted that books are generally judged by their cover. Until my name is something readers actually look for, I have to draw them in…enticing them with a great cover design that will promise a real treat inside. While a book cover has to jump out at you as you walk by in the bookstore, it is even more important when the cover is no larger than a finger print as readers scroll through titles on their Nooks and Kindles and every other electronic device now capable of downloading books.But what kind of book cover will really draw someone’s attention?
|Murder at the Lake|
Many book covers are specially illustrated such as Harry Potter while others are simply designed with a peaceful photo which may or may not give you a real indication as to what type of story you might be in for.
My book series is a mystery series and I feel there are many more choices when it comes to that genre. The covers of mystery novels have changed quite a lot over the years. I still have my old Nancy Drew mystery books and the era is very evident when you first glance at the cover illustrations. While the covers may show their age, they do bring back fond memories for me.
Many “cozy” mysteries on sale now use covers that usually draw me in. There’s just something about them that I like.
They feel comfortable, even if they do involve a murder.
It is a matter of choice. It is a choice to be made by the author but in the end, the choice is left up to the readers.
While writing a book was difficult, it was enjoyable and I’ve come to love my characters and the lives they lead. What I do not enjoy is the idea that I may not choose a book cover that will adequately portray my characters or my story in an attractive and enticing way. A cover is the most important first impression my book will give as it hits the market and while it is not nice to judge a book by its cover when speaking about people, I will certainly keep in mind that readers will, in fact, judge my book by its cover.